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Engineering Leader’s blog

Learn from some of the most accomplished engineering leaders. This blog brings you key insights from fellow engineering managers and tech leaders to level-up your management skills and to take your developer team to the next level.

Team Productivity: 9 Ways to Improve Developers Productivity

by Tamás Török / January 24, 2018

It’s really challenging to stay productive individually in today’s environment, and the same applies to team productivity. How do you help your team get more things done while team productivity is constantly challenged? You not only need tools but rather a complex system that allows your developers to get the most out of their days and eventually, as a team, to reach their goals. This post is here to help you significantly improve your developers’ productivity.

Want a High-Performing Developer Team? Scrap the Annual Performance Reviews

by Tamás Török / January 2, 2018

Performance management is broken.

Today’s widespread ranking- and ratings-based performance management is damaging employee engagement, alienating high performers, and costing managers valuable time.

But, this post will show you how to fix it.

Microservice Architecture: All the Best Practices You Need to Know

by Tamás Török / November 30, 2017

Switching to a microservice architecture seems easy, but tech leaders tend to underestimate the complexity of the project and make disastrous mistakes. Before transforming your monolithic system into microservices, or starting one from scratch, you need to carefully consider the technological and organizational challenges that will arise.

4 Effective Knowledge Transfer Methods for Software Teams

by Tamás Török / November 14, 2017

We all know knowledge transfer is key to building a kickass software developer team, but among many pressing issues, knowledge transfer is one of the first things that will be put aside when a burning deadline is approaching. But, the problem still stays here: knowledge is unevenly available in your team. In this blog post, we show you the most effective knowledge transfer methods for software teams.

Is Hiring Developers a Challenge? Here is How Tech Companies Came Over It

by Tamás Török / November 2, 2017

Hiring great software developers is a huge challenge. Actually, this is the biggest challenge (tech) companies are facing, according to the State of Software Development 2017 report. The report also uncovered the most efficient ways tech leaders are using to overcome the hiring challenge. This post features the most popular 4, offering some tips you can use to get developers on board.

How FINIS Built a Mobile App without Hiring Software Developers

by Tamás Török / October 17, 2017

FINIS wanted to help their customers get the most out of their swimming training, so they created a mobile application that increases workout quality by providing data and insights on the health benefits of swimming. This case study shows how FINIS successfully built a mobile app without expanding its software development team.

NoSQL vs Relational Database File Storing (MongoDB and SQL Server Comparison)

by Barna Burom / October 9, 2017

When you as a software developer start examining a new project’s specifications that just arrived at your team, you start planning the architecture. Every application uses data handling and storing, so you will need a database. Nowadays, there are tons out on the market, so you can become confused with which one to choose. Well, it highly depends on what your soon to be app is about. In this blog post, we will discuss the opportunities of file storing with relational and NoSQL databases through the comparison of MongoDB and SQL Server.

How to Develop a Cordova Android Plugin

by László Csele `Lacka` / September 27, 2017

I decided to make a plugin, which is more advanced than showing just a native toast message on a device, so I chose the acceleration sensor access from a cross-platform app. In this blog post, I show you how to develop a native Cordova plugin for Android.

A Scientific Way to Prioritize Software Development Requirements

by Tamás Török / September 19, 2017

Requirement prioritization is one of the biggest challenges a software team faces. Actually, 25% of tech leaders said prioritizing software development is their biggest challenge. It turns out there are many different ways a software development team can do it. Each requirement prioritization decision should be influenced by customer needs, always following the business’s needs. From this post you will learn a hypothesis-driven way to prioritize software development.

Outsourcing App Development? Here is How to Make it Work for Long-term

by Tamás Török / August 21, 2017

How do you find a reliable software development company to help you create your app? Finding and working with a software development agency could be difficult but it also offers many advantages worth considering. This case study shows how Ecat, a UK-based software company successfully outsourced software development and built long-term relationship with its software development agency.